Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Show me your Teeth!

Our last two protection practices have been devoted to working on Kane being quiet during protection. He can bark or whine a little, but constant barking needs to be saved for the bark and hold, and for whining....well, who wants to listen to that?
In order to work on this, Richard got Kane a little extra riled up. I ended up with this series of pictures courtesy of Maggie borrowing my camera and shooting some pics. Amusing, aren't they?

In the end, we got some good grips and Kane did really well on being quiet, so I'm happy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Keepin' it simple

Many times when I come to practice, especially for obedience, I feel like I have to "do it all" or practice every single thing. I don't have an A-Frame at home, so I want to do that. It's hard to find a group at home, so I want to do that. I want to do a long down. I want to do a send out. I want to do a check-in. I want to do EVERYTHING. In about 20 minutes or

Kane is doing excellent on the jump retrieves.

Nice retrieve comeback.

With some advice from more experienced handlers and through my own pondering, I've decided to keep it simple. Work on max 2-3 things. Keep it short, fun and get help from my club mates on watching for things I can't see myself.
This has really made our obedience sessions a lot more fun - and a lot more rewarding!
Yay for keepin' it simple!

Kane licking his chops in anticipation of the